Date posted: 06/12/2022 3 min read

What’s new in Forensic Accounting: Update from Christine Oliver CA

This year’s Forensic Accounting conference catered for practitioners across the forensic accounting community, with a mix of technical and professional development content from both forensic accountant and external speakers.

In Brief

  • The CA ANZ Future of Forensic Conference was held in October this year
  • The event featured a balance of technical and other professional content
  • Recordings of the sessions are available for viewing online

It was great to see so many of you join us for this year’s Forensic Accounting Conference, Future of Forensic. 

It’s not an easy task to create a program that caters to the needs all our specialists and members, whether they’re in the public service or professional services, or if they work in investigations, disputes, or tech. 

This year, the Committee was also challenged with delivering a conference that included a broader range of voices and professional development topics, in line with member requests.

The result was a conference that balanced technical content with sessions that helped us grow as professionals, and a mix of specialist perspectives and external voices. I wholeheartedly thank our committee for their hard work in the months leading up to the conference, and I’m immensely proud of the program they put together. 

I would also like to thank each of our speakers who gave up their time to share their perspectives and knowledge. After our opening address, our first session highlighted developments in enforcement, with Sharon Concisom from ASIC and Julie Read, past CEO of New Zealand’s SFO, joining us to discuss regulator trends. We rounded out our first day with Sebastian Hartford Davis discussing quantification of loss in climate action.

Our second day featured Trent Butler CA, CA ANZ Forensic Accounting Committee member, Thomas Caldow CA, and James d’Apice, who provided practical insights for using social media to grow your personal brand. We then heard from Darren Zusman and Rachel Ross of Bennett + Co, who shared the client’s perspective of briefing an expert.

This year’s Forensic Accounting conference catered for practitioners across the forensic accounting community
Christine Oliver CA

Our third day centred around technology, starting with a session on tools and tech in forensic engagements with Bill Hains CA, Hans Weemaes and Deepak Pillai. Barrister Troy Spence then took us through tips and tricks for giving evidence in virtual trials. I know many of us have given evidence before or attended training on the topic, but I really enjoyed Troy’s take on how we need to adjust our techniques to respond to a virtual environment.

The conference’s final day began with a specialist-only session, featuring judges from a range of jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand sharing their perspectives on expert evidence. In our final session, we heard from Daniel Heywood CA, Jessica Mead CA and David Yang about what it means to them to be a Forensic Accounting leader, and it will take to be a leader of the future.

With such a diversified specialisation, we don’t expect that every topic would have resonated with every attendee, but we had fantastic feedback from each of the sessions. 

If you attended the Conference and would like to look back on any of the conference sessions, you can do so free-of-charge until 27 January 2023. Or if you weren’t able to attend, you can purchase the sessions on demand from the CA ANZ website.

If you haven’t shared your feedback with us yet, you are welcome to share your thoughts with any of the committee. One thing I will say about our next conference, is that it’s my personal hope that we’ll deliver that to you in person.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and as always look forward to hearing your feedback. If you have any suggestions for future content you would like us to share with the forensic accounting community, please get in touch at [email protected].

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